Find out online how often Kansas abuse reports are substantiated

07/01/2014 3:41 PM

07/01/2014 3:41 PM

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The records: Historical reports about the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ findings about abuse against children and seniors.

Why you’d want them: To learn more about how often the department “substantiates” a report of abuse or neglect. To substantiate means to find there is “clear and convincing evidence” to conclude a person’s actions meet the state’s legal definition of abuse or neglect and that the person should not be allowed to reside, work or regularly volunteer in a child care facility regulated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Where you get it: Go to www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Pages/HistoricalInvestigativeFindings.aspx.

How much does it cost: The information is free.

Deb Gruver

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